U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) released this statement following the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut:
My heart aches for the shooting victims and their families. I spent the weekend praying for the victims of this senseless tragedy. This tragedy will certainly force us as a country to have a discussion about our gun laws, as well as our mental health system. Like always, I will carefully consider any proposed legislation and listen to the voices of South Dakotans.